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Miami Dolphins Player

Arrested for Choking Taxi Driver

11/26/2012 9:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Miami Dolphins safety Jonathon Amaya was arrested in Miami Beach early this morning ... after he allegedly choked out a cab driver.

According to the Miami Beach PD, 24-year-old Amaya -- 6'2", 185 lbs -- had given the cab driver $100 to take him outside the cab driver's usual area ... but during the ride, the NFL player got "aggressive."

The taxi driver told police he tried to kick Amaya out of the cab -- and even offered to return the $100 -- but Amaya refused. Instead, the cab driver claims, Amaya “leaned forward and wrapped his hands around his neck and started choking him."

When cops arrived to the scene, Amaya was still inside the cab. The driver told the responding officers, "This man is trying to kill me."

Cops say the cab driver did not have any visible injuries. 

Amaya was eventually "escorted" out of the vehicle and arrested for battery just after 4AM.

FYI -- Amaya didn't record a single tackle in the Dolphins victory over the Seahawks on Sunday ... and only has 4 tackles on the year.

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10:45 AM PT -- A rep for the Dolphins tells TMZ ... "We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information.”

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44 COMMENTS

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1.

su    

a typical miami class act...or ass act.

636 days ago
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CC    

He look so happy.... Have a happy holiday, come back soon....

636 days ago
3.

KnuckleDragger    

Personal foul, 15 yards!

636 days ago
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mandii~sue    

You're not hot ****. Pro athletes thinking the world revolves around him. Guess what you're way over paid and not the center of the universe. Dumb ass.. Our troops should make more money then pro athletes

636 days ago
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dig    

Illegal use of the hands 15 yards

636 days ago
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w h i t e y    

Case of the Monday's, hard.

636 days ago
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UZURBRAIN    

I cry FOUL. A man of that size and strength would have left a mark around the cabby's neck.

636 days ago
8.

Javadude54    

'Roid rage... it's never pretty.

636 days ago
9.

Bri    

Another Meltdown ... Therapy

636 days ago
10.

myopinion    

wow...I guess he is pissed that he has performed poorly and took it out on the cabby..lol

636 days ago
11.

ria    

That's that bath salt.

636 days ago
12.

kitnplayn    

Americans brag about having the best of everything. You have some of the biggest universities in the world, but you can't even figure out how to mold a civilized society. You need widespread mental health care.

636 days ago
13.

MrCrowley73    

No news here just another chimpout.

636 days ago
14.

lovegarrison    

He must have been under the influence some type of drug? His eyes look red.

636 days ago
15.

Gretchen    

Boy some of the pro football players think their "your know what" doesn't smell, don't they? They should never treat people like that!!

636 days ago
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